The Men’s Mental Health weekend event held 16th – 18th June 2023 by the HFDXARC at the Old Mill House was a massive success. The Club members operated on mainly 15/20/40 meters SSB but also did some digital FT4/8.
The response from the Ham world was one that can only be described as WOW, as we operated with this long stigmatised subject, and saw operators globally congratulating us for putting on the Special Event and openly talking about Men’s Mental Health.
The Pile up each station had constantly throughout the weekend meant we could not have any lenghty QSO’s as we tried to work as many stations as possible, however this did not deter anyone wishing to say Thank You for the Event.
The Club opened the doors yet again to guests and invited along members from the neighbouring Hull and District Amateur Radio Club, who joined us as we operated the bands. We held a BBQ on the saturday (2nd of the year) which was cooked by our very own “Gordon Ramsey” G0URG (Chris) and prepared by his wife Sue M6URG.
The HFDXARC is planning to promote the Men’s Mental Health Awareness every year and is encouraging othe Clubs throughout the world to also take part next year. We will be contacting the RSGB to see if there is anything they can help with on the promotional side of the Event. If any other Clubs would like to join us next year and hold their own Event, plz contact us at the HFDXARC so we can support each other.
Once again many thanks to the Club members and guests who took part in the event, and also to our members who could not attend as they are just a vital to the Club.
A massive Thank You to the operators who called into us, and gave such encouraging feedback on both the event and Men’s Mental Health subject. It was very apparent to the Club that operators globally have also suffered in silence for too long, and the Club putting on the event has opened that door of raising awareness and Getting Men Talking.
Below are some links to the superb organisations in the UK who are helping Men who suffer in Silence.